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Navy, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland: Week 7 Game Capsules

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2011

NAVY (2-3) at RUTGERS (4-1)
When: 2
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.
TV/radio: ESPN3.com, 1050 AM, 1500 AM
Breakdown: Series tied 11-11-1, and Navy won the last meeting 23-21 in 2008. The Midshipmen have defeated at least one opponent from a power conference in each of the last eight years, and this would be an opportune time to extend the streak. Navy is trying to avoid going two games under .500 for the first time since an 0-2 start in 2005. The Scarlet Knights own the country's best turnover margin at plus-14, while kicker San San Te leads the nation with 2.4 field goals per game. Navy leads the country in rushing offense at 366 yards per game despite a three-game losing streak.

No. 12 GEORGIA TECH (6-0, 3-0 ACC) at VIRGINIA (3-2, 0-1)
When: 3:30
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville
TV/radio: ESPNU, 570 AM
Breakdown: Series tied 16-16-1, though Georgia Tech has won the last two years. Virginia is coming off its bye, and Cavaliers coach Mike London is 7-0 in his career when his teams have more than a week to prepare for an opponent. Georgia Tech is coming off its worst offensive performance of the season  a 21-16 defeat of Maryland  but still ranks fourth nationally in rushing offense and total offense and sixth in scoring offense. Al Groh, Virginia's coach from 2001 to 2009 and now Georgia Tech's defensive coordinator, returns to Scott Stadium on an opposing sideline for the first time since his firing.

No. 19 VIRGINIA TECH (5-1, 1-1 ACC) at WAKE FOREST (4-1, 3-0)
When: 6:30
Where: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, N.C.
TV/radio: ESPN3.com, 106.7 FM, 1580 AM
Breakdown: Virginia Tech leads series 23-11-1 and won last year's meeting 52-21. The Hokies can clinch bowl eligibility for the 19th consecutive season with a victory over the surprising Demon Deacons, who have surpassed their victory total from last season. Wake Forest running back Josh Harris rushed for 241 yards in last year's game against the Hokies. Keep an eye on Virginia Tech's pass rush and its impact on Wake quarterback Tanner Price; the Hokies lead the ACC in sacks (three per game), while Wake Forest ranks 10th in the 12-team conference in sacks yielded (2.4 per game).

No. 8 CLEMSON (6-0, 3-0 ACC) at MARYLAND (2-3, 1-1)
When: 7
Where: Byrd Stadium
TV/radio: ESPNU, 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM
Breakdown: Clemson leads series 31-26-2 and won last year's meeting 31-7. Clemson appears to have avoided an injury scare to quarterback Tajh Boyd (15 touchdowns, one interception), who is expected to play after suffering a hip strain in last week's rout of Boston College. There's far less certainty for the Terrapins, who aren't expected to reveal their starting quarterback until just before game time. Danny O'Brien has made 15 straight starts, but was pulled in the second quarter of last week's loss to Georgia Tech and replaced by C.J. Brown. This is Maryland's first game against an ACC team ranked in the top 10 since a 2007 upset of Boston College and only the Terps' fifth such contest since 2001.

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